Music Tutor Biographies
David Law, Head of Performance Music
David Law studied Euphonium at the Queensland University of Technology and has been playing piano since the age of eight. In addition to conducting the award-winning Queensland Wind Orchestra, David conducts the Queensland Youth Orchestra Wind Ensemble, Brisbane’s Westside Orchestra and is frequently invited to conduct the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra. David regularly directs school honour bands and workshops, and has adjudicated at a range of national festivals and competitions including the Western Australia Schools’ Concert Band Festival and Queensland’s MusicFest.
David has worked as Music Director, Conductor and Pianist with various musical theatre organisations throughout Brisbane and has trained in Music Direction at the multiple-Tony Award©-winning Goodspeed Musical Theatre Institute in Connecticut, USA. Locally, he has worked on productions of Into the Woods, CATS, Les Misérables and West Side Story and, more recently, has been involved with Oscar Theatre Company as Musical Director for the Queensland premieres of [title of show] (Brisbane Powerhouse), Spring Awakening and Next to Normal (QPAC). As Head of Performance Music at Redeemer, David directs a number of wind bands, string orchestras and vocal ensembles.
Kym Ambrose, Percussion
Kym Ambrose is a professional musician with over 30 years of performing and teaching experience. He is currently the vibraphonist and co-composer in his award-winning band, The View from Madeleine's Couch, which has seen him tour nationally and internationally to locations such as Rio de Janeiro, Goiânia and Belo Horizonte in Brazil. As a drummer, Kym has performed with various bands at festivals in Adelaide, Houston, Edinburgh and London. His studies and subsequent years of work in Sydney (Diploma of Jazz, N.S.W. Conservatorium of Music), saw him under the tutelage of Australian legends Don Burrows and George Golla. In addition to teaching at Redeemer Lutheran College, Kym is the vibraphone tutor and director of the Brazilian Ensemble at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.
Chris Baldwin, Brass
Chris Baldwin studied trumpet at the UQ School of Music under Phil Ryan, graduating in 2009 with a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours. He has studied with a number of noted brass teachers, including the renowned pedagogue Kim Lofthouse (formerly of the Grieg Academy, Norway). As a trumpeter, Chris maintains an active involvement in a variety of Brisbane ensembles, from brass ensembles to big bands. He is currently Principal Trumpet with the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra, and has gained orchestral experience with the Queensland Youth Symphony and the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra. Chris is a keen brass-band performer and plays solo cornet with Brisbane Excelsior. Additionally, he has performed in pit orchestras for many Brisbane-based musicals.
Andrew Ball, Saxophone
Andrew Ball enjoys a diverse career performing, composing and educating. He was awarded a distinction in 2010 for his L.Mus.A. in saxophone and graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium with a Bachelor of Music (First Class Honours in Advanced Performance). Internationally, Andrew has attended and performed at the 22nd annual Université Européenne de Saxophone in Gap, France, and the World Saxophone Congress XVI in St Andrews, Scotland. His playing and compositions can be heard on various albums and singles by the Con Artists big band, the Queensland Saxophone Orchestra, Collusion, and His Merry Men. Andrew is currently tenor/alto saxophonist and resident composer with Barega Saxophone Quartet, ‘nu-wave’ brass band Bullhorn, and the Enthusiastic Musicians Orchestra (EMO) big band.
Yvonne Chen, Piano
Yvonne Chen holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Queensland Conservatorium, where she studied under Natasha Vlassenko. As a student, Yvonne was the recipient of the M.K. Lassell Prize in 2010, the Fred Ellaway Prize in 2012, and was a finalist in the A.S.K.M Open Piano Competition in 2011. Yvonne excelled in her academic studies, receiving Academic Excellence Awards, and was invited to join the Golden Key International Honour Society. Yvonne is dedicated to music and has been playing the piano from the age of four. She has been teaching piano for over 10 years and has been assisting students of all ages in discovering their inner passion for music and developing their musical skills. Yvonne is also the accompanist for several College vocal ensembles.
Christie Fleming, Beginner Bands & College Choristers
Christie Fleming graduated in 2003 from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education. She has worked in a number of independent schools as a classroom music teacher whilst also conducting wind bands, choirs, musicals and various chamber ensembles. Christie was a conductor of the acclaimed Australian Youth Choir and, during this time, enjoyed specialising as a choral conductor. More recently though, Christie has worked with young concert bands, developing their sense of aural awareness, musicianship and balance as an ensemble. She finds working with young musicians rewarding and is excited about the music-making her students at Redeemer Lutheran College will produce in future years.
Ashley Gittins, Brass
Ashley Gittins commenced playing the cornet in a small Salvation Army band at the age of seven. He has taught in countless schools in both the state and independent education systems for the past 29 years and now has many former students engaged as teachers, performers and life-long musicians. For many years, Ashley was principal Euphonium for the Brisbane Excelsior Band (with whom he travelled to New Zealand, Hong Kong, China and the U.K.) and trombonist for the Queensland Pops Orchestra. He is currently principal trombone with the Northern Rivers and Ipswich City orchestras. Easter 2008 saw him gain the National Championship title on euphonium for the third time and he was also fortunate and honoured to be awarded his second National Champion of Champion’s title. In July of 2009, Ashley was awarded the Fellowship of Music in Euphonium performance by the Australian Music Examinations Board.
Keith Haigh, Guitar
Keith Haigh has been teaching guitar and bass guitar at Redeemer Lutheran College since 1989 and has been part of many changes throughout this time. He is part of the successful Morning Melodies program and has played widely around Brisbane. Keith is well-known as a soloist and enjoys performing in his band, Wings of Fleetwood, with Mary Anne Cannon on keys and vocals. Keith is a proud Bribie Island resident of nine years where he runs a successful home music studio teaching ukulele, lap steel guitar, banjo, singing and stage presentation.
Katharine Hutcheson, Piano
Katharine Hutcheson began playing the piano at age 9 and, in addition to completing her A.Mus.A., achieved a Bachelor of Music Pedagogy and Masters of Music Studies from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. Katharine worked as a full-time piano teacher at Redeemer from 2001-2012 and, since becoming a mother to two beautiful girls, has continued in a part-time capacity. Katharine is an accomplished and experienced accompanist and has worked with several choirs, as well as supporting advanced musicians in A.M.E.B. exams. Katharine is passionate about music tuition and piano pedagogy and, in addition to her time at Redeemer, runs a very successful home teaching studio.
Astrid Jorgensen, Voice
Astrid Jorgensen holds a Bachelor of Arts (Music) and a Graduate Diploma of Education (Sec.) from the University of Queensland, as well as a Masters of Music Studies from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. Her study specialisations include Vocal Performance, Aural Musicianship, Choral Conducting, and Songwriting. She won the 2009 Hugh Brandon Prize for conducting at the University of Queensland and was appointed an Arts Faculty Scholar. Astrid is a seasoned performer, having shared a stage with the likes of the Rolling Stones, Katie Noonan, James Morrison, and Bec Laughton. Astrid has released two EPs of original music with her band, Astrid & The Asteroids, which both achieved national radio play and television features. In 2012 the band won the Best Emerging Artist at the Queensland Music Awards. Astrid was also nominated for Best Urban Songwriter at the 2013 Queensland Music Awards, and received 6 nominations at the 2013 Australian Independent Music Awards.
Kylie Los, Piano
Kylie Los graduated from the Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Music (Distinction), studying piano under Mark Gibson, and was later a member of Opera Queensland’s Developing and Young Artist Programs as a repetiteur. Kylie has had a strong involvement with Opera Queensland’s Education and Community Programs. From 2010 – 2013, Kylie studied and worked in London and Germany, graduating with distinction from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with a Masters of Music (repetiteur). She subsequently acted as repetiteur for several productions for Grange Park Opera in 2013-2014. Since returning to Brisbane, Kylie has been active as a piano teacher, adjudicator, accompanist and conductor, and directs several choirs including Choral Connection and the Hillbrook Chorale.
Catherine Mear, Clarinet
After completing her Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours in 1998 Catherine Mear was awarded a professional position in New Zealand’s Wellington Sinfonia Orchestra. In 2001, she completed her Master of Music in Clarinet Performance under the instruction of renowned American clarinettist, Floyd Williams. That same year, Catherine won the open section of the QCASS Clarinet competition and was subsequently invited to perform the Mozart Clarinet Concert as a soloist with the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra. Since completing her Masters of Music, she has performed in many chamber music groups and is currently Principal Clarinet in the Ipswich City Council Orchestra. Catherine tutors for various Queensland Youth Orchestra ensembles and is an active committee member of the Queensland Clarinet and Saxophone Society. She has over twenty years of experience teaching both Clarinet and Saxophone, and has entered students for both Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB) and Trinity examinations successfully, including candidates at the advanced diploma, A.Mus.A./L.Mus.A., level.
Amy Michaels, Voice
Amy Michaels has been performing professionally in Brisbane for the past 12 years, working with some of the best jazz musicians in South-East Queensland. Amy holds a Masters of Music (Jazz Voice), from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and has also achieved highly as a classical vocalist through the Australian Music Examinations Board (A.M.E.B.). As a singer/songwriter, Amy released her debut, self-titled album in 2013. Her cabaret show, “Amy Michaels & the Good Time Girls” has seen sell-out seasons at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Jumpers & Jazz Festival, Brisbane International Jazz Festival and was selected to perform at various events including the Gallipoli Gala Ball, the Premier’s Awards Gala and the Queensland Cabaret Festival. Amy has been teaching for 7 years and loves guiding young voices through the exciting world of singing.
Paul O’Brien, Double Bass / Electric Bass
Paul O’Brien is a member of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra double bass section. He has worked extensively as a freelance player performing with the Melbourne, Adelaide, Tasmanian and West Australian Symphony Orchestras as well as the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Gulbenkian Orchestra (Portugal). In 2007 he was an ACO Emerging Artist and has been a member of the SSO educational ensemble Sydney Sinfonia. Paul is also actively involved in teaching across South-East Queensland, in his home studio and at three schools. He studied with John Fardon, Dushan Walkowicz, Marian Heckenberg and Andrew Rootes and is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.
Natalie Pammenton, Violin / Viola
Natalie Pammenton completed her Master of Music Studies (advanced standing) and Bachelor of Music in Performance at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. She has performed with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra and as Associate Concertmaster of the Conservatorium Opera Orchestra and Queensland Youth Symphony. She has also performed in the new music ensemble, Ensemble Fabrique, which has presented programmes broadcast on ABC Classic FM, and performed at Crossbows and 2high Festivals. She is a freelance musician, a casual member of the Queensland Pops Orchestra, the director of Koda Strings and, in addition to teaching at Redeemer Lutheran College, runs a successful home teaching studio.
Emily Smith, Flute
Emily Smith is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, with a major in Advanced Flute Performance under the tutelage of Gerhard Mallon. Emily has won numerous awards including The James Carson Memorial Prize and the 4MBS Ross Peters Chamber Music Prize. Additionally, she is a member of the Golden Key International Honours Society. Emily was a member of the Queensland Youth Orchestras from 2002 - 2014, in the Queensland Youth Symphony from 2010 and Principal Flute from 2013-2014. She has also performed as Principal Flute with the Queensland Philharmonia, Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, Queensland Wind Orchestra, Queensland Mandolins, Queensland Conservatorium Symphony and Wind Orchestra, and many other community organisations in Brisbane and surrounding areas. Internationally, Emily has participated in programs including Charterhouse Summer Music School with Susan Milan, Netherlands Flute Academy with Emily Beynon and the Oxford Flute Summer School with Michael Cox. Emily is in demand as a Flute specialist and has provided tutelage and workshops in both Independent and State Schools across the state.
Nicholas Trevatt, Piano
Nicholas Trevatt has been teaching piano for over 25 years to students of all ages from beginners to Diploma level. He is a vibrant and inspiring teacher who draws on his depth of experience to bring the best out of every child. He graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with a Diploma and Bachelor of music and continued postgraduate studies in piano performance. He was also awarded the Licentiate (LTCL) and Associate (ATCL) performing diplomas from Trinity College London. Nicholas also runs Treviano Studio, a leading piano teaching studio on Brisbane’s southside.Back to Redeemer Music